David Blackwood, a regional care home catering manager for Meallmore, has been awarded a top prize at the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) awards.
David beat off stiff competition from three other nominees for the title of best Catering Manager at the UK awards ceremony held in Nottingham.
Judges said the category of Catering Manager had some exceptional candidates and declared David the winner noting the positive improvements David and his team are making across Meallmore.
Since joining Meallmore in 2013, David has been committed to sharing his passion for food across the company’s 21 care homes, by ensuring all staff understand the importance of good food and nutrition, and the impact it can have on residents’ physical and mental wellbeing.
Commenting on his win, David said: “I’m delighted to have won this award and it is an honour to be recognised as being among the best in the UK in care catering. I would like to say a huge thank you to my team and all the staff at Meallmore who support me and help deliver great quality food for our residents.”
Mary Preston, Operations Director at Meallmore added: “We are extremely proud of David. It is an amazing accolade and is testament to his hard work and dedication in ensuring exceptional standards in the kitchen and making food and nutrition fun for staff and residents in our homes.”
Among some of David’s recent catering achievements was working with residents of The Oaks and Scottish Butcher, Campbells Prime Meat, to create a new sausage – The Mighty Oak. The banger, which contains pork, haggis and herbs is now available to buy from the award winning butchers.
Since opening its first care home, Meallmore Lodge in Inverness in 1987, Meallmore has grown to become one of Scotland’s leading providers of private residential nursing and dementia care with a network of 21 care homes across Scotland.